Summertime (1955)

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Movie Info

In this romantic drama a Yankee secretary goes on a Venetian vacation and ends up falling in love with a handsome native.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
United Artists

Cast

Katharine Hepburn
as Jane Hudson
Rossano Brazzi
as Renato Di Rossi
Darren McGavin
as Eddie Yaeger
Isa Miranda
as Signora Fiorini
Mari Aldon
as Phyl Jaeger
Jane Rose
as Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke
as Mr. McIlhenny
André Morell
as Englishman
Virginia Simeon
as Giovanna
Michele Cesari,
as The Painter
James Eason
as The Producer
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Critic Reviews for Summertime

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The challenge thus set of making Venice the moving force in propelling the play has been met by Mr. Lean as the director with magnificent feeling and skill.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Recommended, with hesitations.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for Summertime

Katherine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, an American who takes her first trip to Venice, Italy, in the 1955 David Lean film "Summertime." Hudson has a modest job in Akron, Ohio, and she tells everyone who will listen that she's saved up for years. Upon arriving in the city she meets several Americans and spends time with them getting to know the city, but when they go their separate ways as couples, Hudson starts to feel lonliness. Hudson then meets a charming Venetian antiques dealer in a shop named Renalto (Rossano Brazzi) and they begin a romance that lasts the remainder of her stay in Venice. The film was shot entirely on location in the city of Venice and the postcard like scenes are capitivating. Jack Hildyard would go on to work with Lean on "The Bridge on the River Kwai" in 1957 and in many ways this is an epic romance that would pave the way for the many films that would follow.

Joseph Boomhower
Joseph Boomhower

Super Reviewer

Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later years. Her sense of romance rekindled in Venice is a joy to watch.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

One of my personal favorites, this film can be extolled in every aspect. Each actor plays their part superbly, Venice provides an innately vivacious, yet halcyon, amorous, yet decorous atmosphere, and the plot is engaging so as to enamor an audience for the entire running time. Also, the mise en scène is timeless as it is marked and astonishing.

He Ha
He Ha

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